Accession Number:

ADA386358

Title:

Lightcraft Propulsion Technology for Low Cost Access to Space

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1998-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

A dream held by most rocket scientists over the past 50 years has been the achievement of low cost, routine access to space. Many science fiction stories are based on the assumption that spaceflight will become as common as driving your car to the local market. The Space Shuttle has made spaceflight by reusable vehicles somewhat routine, but it still costs nearly 10,000 per kilogram to launch a payload into low Earth orbit LEO.

Subject Categories:

  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE